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July 29, 2014
06:11 EDTUBSUBS says 'responding to inquiries' on dark pools
UBS says it is responding to inquiries concerning the operation of UBSís alternative trading system and its securities order routing and execution practices from various authorities, including the SEC, the New York Attorney General and Finra, who reportedly are pursuing similar investigations industry-wide. These inquiries include an SEC investigation that began in early 2012 concerning features of UBSís ATS, including certain order types and disclosure practices that were discontinued two years ago. UBS is co-operating in these matters. In addition, UBS is among dozens of defendants, including broker dealers, trading exchanges, high-frequency trading firms, and dark pool sponsors, named in putative class actions pending in New York federal court, which have been filed on behalf of purchasers and sellers of equity securities. The lawsuits allege principally that the defendantsí equities order handling practices favored high-frequency trading firms at the expense of other market participants, in violation of the federal securities laws.
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July 30, 2015
06:55 EDTUBSBanks pitch total-return swaps as stock purchase alternative, WSJ reports
Banks have been pitching certain hedge fund clients on using derivatives instead of actual stocks when placing certain bets in an effort to lessen the impact of new capital rules on the banks' businesses, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the efforts. The shift involves derivatives known as total-return swaps that mirror the effects of owning a stock or other asset, the report says. Units of Bank of America (BAC), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), and UBS (UBS) are among the banks asking clients to shift trades into total-return swaps instead of underlying securities, the report says. Reference Link
July 27, 2015
06:44 EDTUBSUBS says U.S.-based brokerage business not for sale, Reuters reports
UBS CEO Sergio Ermotti told analysts following the company's Q2 results that its U.S-based brokerage business, which posted a 6% decline in Q2 profit before tax, is not up for sale, Reuters reports. UBS formed the unit when it bought PaineWebber in 2000, and Ermotti says the unit is "critical" to the bank's overall private banking strategy. Reference Link
05:49 EDTUBSUBS reports Q2 EPS CHF 0.32 vs. CHF 0.21 last year
Reports Q2 adjusted profit before tax CHF 1.6B. Reports Q2 CET1 capital ratio 14.4%. Reports Q2 total book value per share CHF 13.71.
July 26, 2015
20:42 EDTUBSUBS to report 25% growth in Q2 profits, Reuters says
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July 24, 2015
06:25 EDTUBSUBS steps back from Puerto Rico bond funds, Reuters reports
UBS is backing away from its Puerto Rico bond funds, telling clients that they can no longer use them as collateral for some loans after Puerto Rico's financial troubles resulted in major credit agency downgrades, Reuters reports, citing a July 13 letter to clients. UBS' Puerto Rico unit said it will contact investors to discuss alternative options, the report says. Reference Link

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